Learning

Four happy young children clapping their hands and smiling when the Storymobile visited Propel Elementary school in Hazelwood. Storymobile visits Propel Elementary. Photo by Annie O'Neill

Overview

The Endowments’ Learning area seeks to create conditions that foster equitable opportunities for all children and their families, especially those living in vulnerable neighborhoods.

We focus on child and family well-being, holistic education and workforce readiness. The Endowments partners with communities to help build on their strengths and resourcefulness, to support existing strategies, and to inspire, seed and incubate new ideas designed for all to thrive. Our work within this strategy is guided by the following principles:

  • Recognize that learning happens best within the context of relationships;
  • Embrace a spirit of authentic collaboration by involving the community as the key agent, co-creator and producer of change;
  • Utilize learning from national and global models;
  • Promote innovation by seeking new ideas to address persistent challenges, especially in individual neighborhoods;
  • Consider how neighborhood lessons influence broader systems; and
  • Commit to ongoing assessment

 

Prenatal-to-age-three Child Trends report reveals strengths and challenges

The Endowments has partnered with Child Trends, a national research organization focused on child and family well-being, in the creation of Prenatal-to-Three resources and tools. With an aim of contributing to a PN-3 system in Allegheny County that equitably supports all families with children from pregnancy to age three, the revealing report was informed by over 30 stakeholders in the family and child care fields. Read the PN3 Playbook report here.

Economic Impacts of Child Care in Allegheny County

The region’s child care system – challenged before COVID-19 by unsustainable funding models and inequity – has the potential to adversely affect our economy as the pandemic rages on. Read the Endowments-supported report from Fourth Economy to learn what is at stake, and what we can do.

Read the report

Read the 90.5 WESA story

 

 

 

 

Program Staff
Carmen Anderson
Carmen Anderson Interim Vice President, Learning
Stanley W. Thompson
Stanley W. Thompson Senior Program Director, Education and Executive Director, Pittsburgh Readiness Institute
Kathleen Keating
Kathleen Keating Program Officer, Learning
Vicki Beattie
Vicki Beattie Program Assistant, Learning
Mac  Howison
Mac Howison Program Officer, Creative Learning

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Chris DeCardy Named President of The Heinz Endowments
Chris DeCardy Named President of The Heinz Endowments
Chris DeCardy Named President of The Heinz Endowments
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Heinz Endowments commits $10 million to support young children, families Photo of Joyce Gannon
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Pittsburgh’s tech and nonprofit communities come together to get laptops to students in need

Pittsburgh Public Schools starts online instruction on April 16 — but many kids can’t participate because they don’t have computers at home.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools goes big to get all 23,000 students studying from home starting April 16

Building an online learning system from scratch for 23,000 students — many of whom don’t have access to laptops — would be difficult in the best circumstances. But to have to do it on the

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Pittsburgh Public Schools Preparing For Online Instruction

Pittsburgh Public Schools Preparing For Online Instruction

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Heinz Endowments launches Pittsburgh Readiness Institute to prepare high school seniors for careers

As long as there have been students and schools there have been questions about relevancy.

“When you were in math class or chemistry class, you might have dealt with a series of problems that teachers had ...

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Endowments invests $700K to launch program that prepares youth for future work and commitment to community

Pittsburgh Readiness Institute will help students learn skills, attitudes and values needed to be good citizens and effective workers.

 

 

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Heinz Endowments initiative aims to prepare students for professional, private life

The Heinz Endowments was expected to announce Wednesday that it was investing $700,000 to launch an education initiative aimed at helping youth and young adults meet future employment and civic demands.

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PPS Plans To Re-launch Teacher Diversity Initiative With 2 Local Universities

A program meant to diversify the ranks of teachers at the Pittsburgh Public Schools could soon be re-launched. The program was postponed in October after issues surfaced with the partner university selected by the district.

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The Heinz Endowments commits $10 Mil in funding — Investing in a child’s well-being from prenatal to age 3 is beneficial

The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that The Heinz Endowments has committed $10 million in funding over three years to support a prenatal to age 3 well-being initiative.

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Heinz Endowments Launches $10 Million Early Childhood Initiative

The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments has announced its intention to invest $10 million over three years to enhance the well-being of young children in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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Endowments announces $10 million funding for prenatal to age 3 well-being, education initiative

Includes early intervention plans, multi-generation approach, health and environment risk abatement

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Heinz Endowments commits $10 million to support young children, families Photo of Joyce Gannon

The Heinz Endowments has committed $10 million over three years for programs that target the health and well-being of children from prenatal to 3 years old and their families.

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Local Groups Will Help Pittsburgh Public School District 'Re-Imagine' How It Teaches Students

Michelle Figlar with the Heinz Endowments says she wants schools to serve multiple purposes. She envisions them as community centers to help families before their kids even enter kindergarten.

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Superintendent Anthony Hamlet announces new strategic plan for city schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools officials on Tuesday unveiled the early stages of a plan to “re-imagine” the district and tackle challenges with support from local government, foundations and higher education institutions.

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Allegheny County receives $200K grant for infant, maternal health program

The Allegheny County Health Department received a $200,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments to raise awareness about the county’s Maternal and Child Health program among black families and improve the ways it serves them.

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Report: County needs new department to address kids' needs

Allegheny County should create a department dedicated to improving early childhood education and after-school programs, according to the report of a 25-member working group created in March by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

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PGH Public Schools Postpones Teacher Diversity Program, Dropping Private College Partnership

The Pittsburgh Public Schools district postponed a program that was intended to train current employees of color to be teachers after rescinding the collaboration with the university that was going to instruct those educators.

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The mission—Getting more Black teachers into PPS

African American students make up 53 percent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools district, while White students make up 33 percent.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools launches pilot program to diversify teacher workforce

Pittsburgh Public Schools is launching a pilot program this school year that would enable classroom aides to become teachers and earn the required state certification, an initiative designed to narrow racial disparities between the district’s

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Grown-up solutions to combat child poverty

Some communities refuse to just sit back and watch tens of thousands of children grow up in poverty — a circumstance that makes them more likely to face diminished educational and job prospects, violence, incarceration

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United Way of the Laurel Highlands kicks off fundraising campaign

The United Way of the Laurel Highlands officially launched its 2019 fundraising campaign at a breakfast event Thursday morning, and the organization’s leader said its goal is to raise more than $1.3 million before the

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William Isler, Audrey Russo & Jake Witherell: Gap in nontraditional child care undermines economic growth

Kids love playing musical chairs. Around they go, and when the music stops, someone has a seat, and someone is standing.

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Allegheny County Children's Fund working group to make recommendations to Fitzgerald

A working group charged with examining potentially creating a county-wide Children’s Fund to support early learning and out-of-school-time programs is aiming to present recommendations to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in September.

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Students from Pittsburgh attending International Congress of Youth Voices

Six area teenagers known for their commitment to activism and writing are in San Juan Puerto Rico as delegates to the International Congress of Youth Voices this month. The five-day conference will give the delegates

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With 'Hello Baby' officials aim to reach all babies born in Allegheny County -- with an algorithm targeting those most at risk

Roughly 13,000 babies are born every year in Allegheny County. County human services officials are working on an ambitious plan to reach out to the parents of all of them — shortly after they are born

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Woodland Hills Suspended Fewer Students By Using A Restorative Model

Suspensions among 4th-6th graders are down at Woodland Hills School District. That can be attributed, in part, to a restorative practice program created by the University of Pittsburgh, according to school district administrators. 

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Internship program to award funding for change

A group of students are getting the opportunity to enhance their community, while gaining valuable lessons in teamwork and decision-making, through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Youth Philanthropy Internship program.

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Carnegie’s Library Park nearing finish line

Connecting the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, located at the top of a steep hillside, to Carnegie’s business district below has long been a dream for many. The Library Park project includes the

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International Congress of Youth Voices Brings Together Authors and Activists in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 8, 130 accomplished young writers from around the world will meet with activists, political leaders, and other changemakers to learn and collaborate as they seek to make a

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Heinz Endowments donates $1M to Pittsburgh Promise

The Heinz Endowments announced Wednesday it is making a $1 million contribution to the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program, bringing to $19.4 million the total donated over the program’s decade of existence.

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Heinz Endowments gives $1 million to Pittsburgh Promise

The Heinz Endowments has made a $1 million donation to the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.

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After success in Africa, Open Field launches programming in Pittsburgh

Soccer’s more than football. It can — and has — made a difference in people’s lives, thanks to enthusiasts like Justin Forzano.

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The Heinz Endowments awards 300k in support of JHF programs for women and seniors

The Heinz Endowments has made a significant grant to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation to help launch two new programs in 2019.

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Meetings planned to gauge interest, get feedback about countywide Children's Fund

This week will kick off a series of six community meetings about early learning and out-of-school programs in Allegheny County, with an eye toward the potential creation of a countywide Children's Fund.

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County to examine Children's Fund for early learning, after school programs

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has appointed a working group to examine creating a Children's Fund to bolster early learning and out-of-school time programs for kids throughout the county.

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Greater Allegheny offers blended IST degree with help from the Heinz Endowments

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — Penn State Greater Allegheny is offering for the first time a blended associate’s degree in information sciences and technology (IST) that local residents can complete both on campus and online. The pilot,

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Group serves community with food, toys and laughter

The seven young women sat in a circle in the middle of the room. They giggled and teased each other. They slouched with their arms crossed tightly against their chests.

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FREE THINC30 SUMMIT ON OCT. 17 ASKS HOW PITTSBURGH CAN BE A CITY FOR ALL

Like many Pittsburghers, I’m so proud of our city’s strength and resilience. Of how we’ve transformed our old industrial economy into one that is diversified and forward-looking. Of how, as home to a number of the

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Seeing no big plan for struggling Pittsburgh kids, visiting Scots urge: 'Just do it.'

Talk of dozens of efforts to help disadvantaged kids had gone on for an hour Thursday when a soft, Scottish-accented voice piped up.

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Riverview Children's Center adds classrooms, other amenities with $2 million expansion

A multimillion dollar expansion project designed to help children with early education programs has been completed.

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A new way to engage kids? Science museum opens first-ever classroom for preschoolers

The 20 preschool children who came to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last week weren’t simply on a field trip. Instead, they are part of the first-ever early childhood class to be housed

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NEXT Up: Kenny Donaldson on helping the most marginalized students in Pittsburgh

A dedicated advocate for students and families in under-resourced Pittsburgh schools, Kenny Donaldson is passionate about improving students’ lives. As Associate Director of Strategic Programming and Initiatives at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education,

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New Pitt Research: Glaring Racial Disparities in Out-of-school Suspensions; a Warning About the Role of On-site Law Enforcement

A new University of Pittsburgh study of Allegheny County schools shows severe racial disparities in out-of-school suspensions with a rate that is double for African-American students compared to their non-Black classmates.

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Pitt Study Finds Link Between School Suspensions & Students In Juvenile Justice System

New research released by the University of Pittsburgh says there’s a connection between suspensions, grades and whether a child ends up in the juvenile justice system

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Pitt study looks at disparities in school suspensions

Black students in the Pittsburgh region are getting suspended at more than double the rate of their white classmates, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Study Shows Glaring Racial Disparities In School Suspension Rates In Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – As public school students head back to class for the start of another school year, a report out of the University of Pittsburgh finds glaring racial disparities in how those

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Health department receives $200K grant for program to decrease infant mortality

The Heinz Endowments has given the Allegheny County Health Department a $200,000 grant to support its “Health Equity in Action” program.

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Students see the tech side of sports broadcasting with visit to AT&T SportsNet

It may turn out that few of the 28 students enrolled in this year’s All Star Code Summer Intensive program go into the production side of sports broadcasting, but the skills they are learning in

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Penn Hills Family Care Connection plans grand opening

A county family care center that recently expanded into Penn Hills will host a week of events to celebrate its presence in the community.

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'In the trenches': Team led by Duquesne U. helps after-school programs tackle childhood trauma

Every weekday, kids stream into Kingdom Life Fellowship Pittsburgh for an after-school program, getting homework help and lessons, eating dinner and playing games for three hours before heading home.

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WorkZone: Bystanders must speak out to prevent sexual harassment

At the very start of his training workshop on how to prevent sexual harassment, Jackson Katz asked the attendees to define leaders.

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'One voice can change a life': A program in Pittsburgh is helping high school students find — and raise — their voices

A strong late-afternoon sun slanted through the large windows as a group of high school students began to give short oral reports, some in quiet, halting voices, others in firm tones, about someone who inspired

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CYF: An agency that works, helping kids and their families

Marc Cherna came to Pennsylvania from New Jersey to run Allegheny County’s Children, Youth and Families agency in 1996, a time when CYF was a national disgrace for endangering children rather than aiding vulnerable families.

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New frontiers: A clever CMU program scouts out the latest in artificial intelligence

Carnegie Mellon University has hit on an interesting strategy for predicting which industries are most likely to be affected by artificial intelligence in coming years — knowledge that has the potential to affect government policy,

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The other epidemic that’s killing our kids The other epidemic that’s killing our kids

In many of our communities in Allegheny County, there is a largely unrecognized contagious disease killing our children. Our communities are being exposed every day to this terrible disease, and we don’t have enough resources,

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Leadership program at Woodland Hills aimed at fifth, sixth graders Leadership program at Woodland Hills aimed at fifth, sixth graders

The fifth and sixth graders sat in hard metal chairs arranged in a wide circle on a concrete-floored classroom at Woodland Hills Intermediate School on Friday...

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Fred Rogers Co. receives $3M expansion grant Fred Rogers Co. receives $3M expansion grant

The Fred Rogers Co. is poised for expansion as a result of $3 million grant from the Heinz Endowments.

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Heinz Endowments advances children’s educational media with $3M grant to The Fred Rogers Company

Three-year funding supports children’s ‘social-emotional learning initiatives,’ new content, advances in educational technology

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From Flint to Pittsburgh, children need protection from lead, pediatrician says From Flint to Pittsburgh, children need protection from lead, pediatrician says

“How do we preserve the tomorrows of our kids?” asked Flint, Mich., pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha at an event Wednesday sharing her ongoing advocacy for eliminating lead exposure in children, first sparked by her city’s water

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Ahead of our time in life sciences

Pittsburgh is usually ahead of its time. Occasionally we get reminded of this in surprising and satisfying ways.

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Plum board looking at proposal to perk up high school library Plum board looking at proposal to perk up high school library

A proposed coffee shop in the Plum High School library is gaining support from district officials. The intent of the coffee shop is to develop entrepreneurship, and have life-skills students run it to obtain hands-on

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Endowments names Mac Howison as Program Officer for Creative Learning

PITTSBURGH, PA September 13, 2017 – The Heinz Endowments today announced the appointment of Mac Howison as Program Officer for Creative Learning. Mr. Howison will take up his new position on October 3, 2017, and

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New Pittsburgh multicultural unit to translate 5 languages for immigrants New Pittsburgh multicultural unit to translate 5 languages for immigrants

Pittsburgh will translate messaging from its public safety departments into Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Spanish and Swahili as part of an effort to ensure that immigrants and refugees can access city services.

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Pittsburgh's new multicultural unit will help communication — in Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Spanish and Swahili Pittsburgh's new multicultural unit will help communication — in Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Spanish and Swahili

Pittsburgh's Public Safety department is angling to strengthen ties — and trust — with refugee and immigrant communities through a multicultural program.

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Despite greater scrutiny, depth of schools' lead problem unclear Despite greater scrutiny, depth of schools' lead problem unclear

Ronald Joseph recalled waking up anxious every Friday for two months straight. The chief technology officer of Pennsylvania's second-largest school district described having "a hold-your-breath moment" each week during summer 2016 as he met with

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Youth Philanthropy grants to help nonprofits serve children, improve communities

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County has awarded grants totaling $50,000 to local nonprofits through its Youth Philanthropy Internship Program.

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Robotics institute set to anchor Pittsburgh's mammoth Almono development Robotics institute set to anchor Pittsburgh's mammoth Almono development

Carnegie Mellon University's Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute will be the first anchor tenant to set up shop in a former Hazelwood steel mill, officials said Monday.

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Obama coach ensures swimming skills aren't just for dreamers Obama coach ensures swimming skills aren't just for dreamers

It’s amazing how much progress can happen in 27 days. “You were scared to let go of the wall, and now you’re motorboating and jumping in,” Obama Academy swim coach Mark Rauterkus says to his

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Philanthropy interns look to community for proposals Philanthropy interns look to community for proposals

Working through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and funded by Pittsburgh’s Heinz Endowments, two teams of interns have $25,000 each to grant community organizations looking to better engage and prepare their county’s youth. The

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Student group secures grant for Plum school library upgrades

Plum High School's library may get new furniture and upgrades with grant money that a student group secured.

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BMe Community Genius Awards held at the Heinz History Center BMe Community Genius Awards held at the Heinz History Center

The BMe Community Genius Awards were held on Friday night at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District, honoring black men in the Pittsburgh community who are shining lights for those around them.

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Pa. House budget plan would spike child care wait lists, advocates say Pa. House budget plan would spike child care wait lists, advocates say

Pennsylvania's wait list for state-subsidized child care could climb to a historic high of 19,000 children under the budget plan approved by the state House, a spokeswoman for Gov. Tom Wolf warned Monday in Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh groups work to rid schools and child care centers of lead, radon

Two nonprofits are launching a program to help Pittsburgh-area schools and child care centers get rid of lead and radon hazards.

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1,000 Hours a Year initiative will help local schools test for lead and radon 1,000 Hours a Year initiative will help local schools test for lead and radon

Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) and the Green Building Alliance (GBA) announced at a joint press conference Thursday a new initiative, 1,000 Hours a Year, that will provide funding to local schools and early

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Pittsburgh environmental groups launch initiative to help schools and child-care facilities address lead and radon Pittsburgh environmental groups launch initiative to help schools and child-care facilities address lead and radon

Children spend an estimated 1,000 hours every year in schools, early-education centers and after-school programs. While parents can work to protect their children from environmental hazards like lead and radon at home, they have little

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This new initiative will help Pittsburgh-area schools and pre-schools test for lead and radon This new initiative will help Pittsburgh-area schools and pre-schools test for lead and radon

Superintendent Patrick Graczyk didn’t sleep for 48 hours after he had received his school district's lead testing results.

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Allegheny County Health Department to deploy anti-gun violence teams Allegheny County Health Department to deploy anti-gun violence teams

Teams from the Allegheny County Health Department soon will be on the ground in neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence to try to stymie what officials see as a public health crisis.

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